Monitoring and Adaptive Management

Researchers performing dune monitoring=
University of Florida researchers monitoring dune restoration.

The Trustees presented a general monitoring and adaptive management framework in the Programmatic Restoration Plan to guide Deepwater Horizon restoration efforts. From that framework came the Monitoring and Adaptive Management Manual.

Adaptive management is a process involving fine-tuning both the restoration projects and the entire restoration program over time, based on monitoring results and improved scientific understanding. The process creates an expanding base of knowledge that supports current and future restoration decision-making and further refines which restoration approaches are most effective for different resources and environmental settings.

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The Process Visualized

Monitoring and Adaptive Management Feedback diagram
Monitoring and adaptive management framework guiding Deepwater Horizon restoration.